ABILENE, Texas - McMurry University first-year football head coach Mason Miller has announced two promotions among his coaching staff, entering the 2013 campaign. Chase Holbrook has been elevated to Offensive Coordinator and Kendall Roberson will become the War Hawks' Defensive Coordinator.
Holbrook formerly served as the team's Quarterbacks Coach and Roberson was the Defensive Backs Coach under former head coach Hal Mumme. Holbrook and Roberson both came to McMurry from New Mexico State – as did Miller - with Mumme in 2009.
"Having Chase and Kendall in these positions keeps a great amount of continuity in our system," said Miller. "Both have had progressively-responsible duties with our program over the years, so in some ways not much is changing. They have both worked hard and earned this opportunity."
Joe Lee Dunn, who served as the McM Defensive Coordinator for the previous four seasons, is remaining on staff as an Assistant Head Coach through the academic year, aiding in Miller's transition as the McM head coach.
Holbrook joined the McMurry staff in 2009, after a stand-out career as a quarterback at New Mexico State University.
Holbrook became the Quarterbacks Coach in 2011 and inherited McM's all-American quarterback Jake Mullin when he took over those duties, guiding the record-breaking Mullin in his final two collegiate campaign. In 2012, Mullin had another banner season and broke – or added to – nearly every McM record for passing and total offense, leading the War Hawks to a victory in the Heart of Texas Bowl.
In 2011, under Holbrook's leadership, the War Hawks' team was also No. 1 in the nation in NCAA III for passing offense at 346.25 yards per game.
His first two seasons with the War Hawks were spent as the running backs coach.
As a player, Holbrook played his last three seasons for Mumme at New Mexico State where he compiled 11,846 passing yards and 85 touchdowns. His sophomore season was his most recognized as he threw for 4,619 yards and 34 touchdowns.
That season, he set the single-season school record for passing yards, completions (397), attempts (566), touchdown passes, and consecutive 300-yard games (seven). He also had the single-game record for pass attempts (73), completions (50), consecutive completions (16) and longest pass completions (96 yards).
In 2007, he threw for 3,866 yards and 26 touchdowns and set the single-season pass completion percentage record at NMSU at 70.2 percent (381-543). In 2008, he capped his three-year career with a senior season tallying 3,361 yards and 25 touchdowns.
He left New Mexico State as the all-time leader in attempts (1,567), completions (1,087), completion percentage (.694), yards (11,846), touchdowns (85), consecutive games with a touchdown pass (17), and 300-yard games (24). In just three seasons, he also became the third all-time leading passer in the Western Athletic Conference.
Out of L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, he originally signed with Southeastern Louisiana State to run Mumme's offense there. He received a redshirt in 2005 as he was forced to sit out a year because of the NCAA's Division I to I transfer rules.
Holbrook was born in Lubbock, lives in Abilene and is married to the former Robin Cathey (who serves as McMurry's Director of Ticketing, Marketing and Promotions for athletics).
Roberson came to the McMurry staff in 2009. Roberson served as the secondary coach, prior to becoming defensive coordinator.
Roberson brought NCAA Division I playing experience and nine years coaching collegiate secondaries to McMurry. Roberson, a standout defensive back, was reunited with Dunn - one of his former Mississippi State coaches - in 2008 at New Mexico State and then joined Mumme and Dunn at McMurry prior to the 2009 season.
Since his arrival at McM, Roberson has coached three All-Americans in Dez Baker (2010), Will Morris (2010 & 2011) and D.J. Baiza (2012).
In 2010, Roberson guided the secondary to the No. 1-ranked pass defense in the American Southwest Conference and the defense ranked sixth in NCAA Division III in interceptions with 23.
In his first season with McMurry in 2009, he helped coach the No. 2 pass defense in the American Southwest Conference as the team limited opponents to just 183.8 yards per game through the air.
Roberson played four seasons in the Southeastern Conference for the Bulldogs. His senior season, he recorded 21 tackles, broke up 10 passes and intercepted two passes to cap his college career. He played in two bowls during his career including the Cotton Bowl, and the 2000 Independence Bowl where the Bulldogs beat Texas A&M, 43-41.
All in all, Roberson played four seasons for head coach Jackie Sherrill at Mississippi State and enjoyed winning seasons in all four, with a combined 33-15 record. One of the highlights of Roberson's career came his sophomore year when his two interceptions helped MSU defeat No. 11-ranked Auburn, 20-0, on Nov. 1, 1997.
Roberson also helped the Bulldogs knock off No. 9 Arkansas Nov. 11, 1998, and his senior year MSU beat No. 3 Florida and No. 20 Auburn in consecutive weeks during the 2000 season. As a freshman in 1996, Roberson was named to the all-SEC freshman team.
Following his playing career, he went on to coach the safeties at South Carolina State (NCAA I-AA) in 2002. From there, he was the defensive coordinator at Benedict College (NCAA II) for five seasons (2003-2007).
Dunn then brought Roberson to the defensive staff at NMSU. There, Roberson led the Aggie secondary to the third-best passing defense in NCAA Division I
Roberson graduated from MSSU in 2000 with a degree in fitness management. He was born in Grenada, Miss. He and his wife, Beverly, live in Abilene and have three children: Dinisha, Diamante and Trakenya.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Sports Information.